Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. This is the second edition of our Dash to the Draft marathon this week, which will bring you seven new episodes in eight days…and today, we continue with our divisional draft previews with a trip to the AFC North. And to help us break down the draft plans of the Browns, Bengals, Ravens, and Steelers, it is a pleasure to welcome Jeff Risdon to the program for the very first time. Jeff covers the NFL Draft for RealGM.com and is also the Managing Editor for USA Today’s Browns and Texans fan sites, thebrownswire.com and thetexanswire.com respectively. And that’s not all…you can also catch Jeff on ESPN radio (96.1 FM) in Western Michigan. It’s a pleasure to have you here Jeff, how are you doing?
- Despite all of this Josh Allen buzz that’s rapidly growing by the day, I remain extremely confident that the Browns will select Sam Darnold with the first overall pick. However, what they do at four overall remains somewhat a mystery. In recent weeks and days, insider friends have been telling me the Browns will NOT trade down from the fourth pick if Bradley Chubb is available. However, you reported over the weekend that based on conversations with multiple sources, you think that it’s more likely that they WILL trade down. What specific evidence you got from those conversations make you feel this way at this time?
- Ideal four-round haul for the Browns [assuming they stay put]
- In my opinion, offensive line remains the Bengals biggest area of concern, even after acquiring Cordy Glenn. What would you say their next biggest position of need is?
- Ideal four-round haul for the Bengals
- Peter King reported in his Monday column this week that the Ravens are likely take a QB in the first round if one is available at 16. For the sake of being hypothetical, let’s assume that QB is Lamar Jackson. How far should the Ravens be willing to trade up if that’s the case?
- Ideal four-round haul for the Ravens
- Since the career of Ryan Shazier is in question, linebacker is arguably the Steelers greatest need. And a name they have been linked to constantly throughout the process is Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch. If the Steelers feel that strongly about him as a long-term fixture defense, is he worth trading up six spots to nab if need be?
- Ideal four-round haul for Steelers
That’s it for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. Stay tuned for the remainder division-by-division draft previews and a lot more draft-related content these next three weeks!! Also, be sure to check out the episode archive (including our 100th episode special with long-time NFL scout Greg Gabriel) as well as an up-to-date blog of mine at SportsKrunch.com!! And if you enjoy these podcast episodes please consider leaving us an iTunes review and donating to our Patreon at Patreon.com/SportsKrunch so we can improve our iTunes ranking and afford to produce even more shows with awesome guests like Jeff, especially since there’s NEVER an “offseason” for talking football.
For Jeff Risdon, our producer Chris Brodhead, I’m David Kromelow saying so long, and of course, stay awesome!!!
Jeff’s Twitter handle: @JeffRisdon